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Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA)

Our mission is to advocate for and strengthen the accessibility, quality, and equity of local services and supports through a responsive statewide system of Early Childhood Councils to benefit Colorado’s young children, their families, and early childhood professionals. Working collaboratively with the local Early Childhood Councils and statewide partners, ECCLA supports and strengthens Colorado’s early childhood system by promoting access, quality, and equity across the domains of Family Support, Health and Wellbeing, and Learning and Development. As the membership organization for the Early Childhood Councils, ECCLA provides technical assistance and capacity building, leverages policy and advocacy, scales innovation, improves workforce supports for early childhood professionals, advances collective impact, and facilitates partnerships across the state. To deliver on our mission, we deploy the following strategic priorities:

  1. Membership Resources – Strengthen Early Childhood Council Leaders through support that equips them to meet their community’s needs.
  2. Advocacy and Policy – Develop and advance a proactive advocacy agenda that promotes strong early childhood systems across Colorado.
  3. Strategic Direct Services – Connect local communities with the resources to deliver innovative programs to early childhood professionals who support young children and families.
  4. High-Quality Data – Create, maintain, and share high-quality data systems that convey the Early Childhood Council’s impact on early childhood outcomes.
  5. Resource Development – Develop resilient funding and resources for an equitable and inclusive early childhood system.
  6. Operational Excellence – Maintain a cycle of assessment and refresh of ECCLA’s operating model.

ECCLA is a small team of dedicated individuals who work closely together across programs to support and carry out the mission of the organization. We are dynamic and responsive to the changing needs of the early childhood field across the state. We are also flexible, supporting and promoting an environment of work/life balance. While ECCLA does have an office in Wheat Ridge, positions can be located across the state of Colorado, with options for work from home, in-office, or hybrid.

Program Description

The Workforce Supports team leads work on scholarship and grant opportunities that support early childhood professionals across the state. Programs currently include the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship, Back to Work: ECE Scholarship, Rural R.U.N., Concurrent Enrollment Pilot, and the  Family Child Care Home Initiative.

Position Description

The Scholarship Administration Assistant is primarily responsible for reviewing scholarship and grant applications, contacting applicants and recipients, collecting needed application pieces, and supporting an efficient process for awarding recipients. This position will work with the ECCLA team to support participants in applying for all scholarships or grants they are eligible for and provide support to Early Childhood Councils to ensure their communities can access the program.

The ideal candidate will have a desire to support the Early Childhood System across the state and be especially interested in supporting professionals with degree attainment and retention in the Early Childhood workforce. They should have strong relationship-building skills, balance working within the team and independently, desire to support and increase collaboration with stakeholders, and demonstrate thinking from an equity lens. The ideal candidate will also have skills and familiarity with working with database systems, maintaining scholarship cycles, and with Colorado’s higher education system.

Additional Information:

This position is currently funded through June 2024

The position will be part-time, approximately 20 hours per week, with a flexible schedule as long as the scholarship applicants’ needs are met.

While ECCLA maintains an office in Wheat Ridge, CO, this position is open to anyone living in Colorado who can work from home, in the office, or hybrid. Occasional travel (no more than once per month, possibly less) to the Wheat Ridge office is anticipated.

ECCLA strongly encourages staff members to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and other communicable diseases. Upon hire, the staff is requested to present proof of vaccination. Staff is expected to follow all public health recommendations for mitigating the risk of Covid-19, including masking policies, hand washing, etc.

Staff is expected to present proof of auto insurance after employment.

How to Apply:

The position start date is anticipated to be 10/1/2023. The position will be open until filled and applicant review will begin immediately. Please send a cover letter and resume to  with your name and position title in the subject.


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